Queen Elizabeth II and Pope FrancisPope Queen Elizabeth II

This week's visit of Queen Elizabeth to Pope Francis is a great example of an increasing willingness to walk together and to share gifts with each other in bonds of Christian affection.

The Pope gave the Queen a high-quality copy of a parchment decree from 1679, in which the Holy See declared that King Edward the Confessor should be made a saint of “the Universal Church” rather than be regarded as solely an English saint.

“It’s an ecumenical message - we have the same traditions, many of the same saints,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. “King Edward is a saint for the Catholic Church as well as for the Anglicans.”

See the video and read the comments of the British Ambassador to the Holy See,Nigel Baker.

David Moxon, 05/04/2014